This easy chocolate chess pie is an authentic southern dessert. Rich and creamy are the best two words to describe this classic chess pie from an old family recipe.
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One thing that makes this an easy dessert recipe is that you will use a pre-made pie crust. Hooray for this time-saving ingredient!
Honestly, I’ve tried to make a homemade pie crust and it never turns out as good or as pretty as the pre-made so I’m sticking with what I know works best for me. If you have the talent to make your own pie crust, I envy you 🙂
Old Fashioned Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe
Words can not describe how delicious this chocolate pie is. After baking, the rich creamy chocolate pie filling has a slightly crisp top. This pie turned out great and was a huge hit.
It’s always a very popular holiday dessert!!
I was very pleased to find this old family recipe. Family recipes are sentimental, special treasures. Every time I look at an old recipe card, I vividly remember who that recipe came from and all the wonderful memories.
This recipe uses evaporated milk. I talked about how great this stuff is on a previous recipe post: Family Favorite Stuffed French Bread. It really does make a HUGE difference in the creaminess and richness of a recipe. If for some reason, you can’t find evaporated milk, use whole milk instead.
Ingredients for Chocolate Chess Pie
- Unbaked Pie Shell (1) Deep Dish recommended to prevent spillage
- Cocoa (3 Tbsp)
- Sugar (1-1/3 cups)
- Evaporated Milk (5 oz)
- Vanilla (1 tsp)
- Eggs (2)
- Butter (1/2 stick)
- Pinch of Salt
How to Make Chocolate Chess Pie
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350. Prick the pie shell a few times with a fork and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
STEP 2: Using a wire whisk, mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour into pie shell. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
STEP 3: Trust me, this pie is spectacular all by itself. But if you prefer to “dress it up” I suggest topping it with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or ice cream; you’ve got yourself a winning dessert each and every time.
Try adding some fresh strawberries or blueberries as well. It’s awesome with a glass of ice-cold milk!
The following are common questions related to Chess Pie
Where did Chess Pie Originate?
According to Portable Press, chess pie originated in the South. According to legend, a cook on a plantation made up this kind of pie (or something very close to it) and was asked what she had made. Her answer: “just pie,” which, delivered in a Southern accent could be misheard as “chess pie.” Full article here.
Does a Chess Pie Need to be Refrigerated?
I would say yes because I think it tastes better cold; and because of the dairy ingredients although it’s cooked. Store covered in the refrigerator and enjoy for up to 2 days. When you plan to serve it, you can take it out of the refrigerator and place it on the counter to come to room temperature if you prefer.
Can you Freeze Chess Pie?
You can definitely freeze this pie if you want to make it in advance. The day before you plan to serve it, remove it from the freezer and place in the refrigerator to thaw.
Can I use a Graham Cracker Pie Crust for this Recipe?
Yes, I don’t see why not! I have not tried a graham cracker crust, but imagine it would be a delicious option!
Is Chess Pie the same as Buttermilk Pie?
You would be surprised how many people ask this question. Although they are similar, the answer is no. As the recipe name indicates, buttermilk pie contains buttermilk but chess pie does not.
Some chess pie recipes contain cornmeal, such as my Lemon Chess Pie recipe. Whereas buttermilk pie recipes do not contain cornmeal at all.
Easy Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe
- 1 Unbaked pie shell (recommend deep dish)
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1-1/3 c sugar
- 5 oz evaporated milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350. Prick the pie shell a few times with a fork and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Using a wire whisk, mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour into pie shell. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
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